EU Iris2 tender solicitation still a work in progress, but debris mitigation, startup support, launcher diversity appear firm

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission has given itself plenty of room to change contract rules for its Iris2 secure connectivity constellation based on how industry responds to the initial request, including what budget to allocate to its initial phase.

In a series of responses to industry questions about the procurement, the Commission suggested that the request for expressions of interest issued March 23, with responses due April 26, is only its opening position.

The Commission will spend four weeks reviewing the responses and refining its requirements . . .

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